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Major disappointment - Vera's in Gastown

foodsnobz Aug 31, 2011 08:30 AM

It's been a while since we ate at Vera's on Denman. We were stuck downtown Monday when the skytrain was out of order so we walked around Gastown looking for food. I'm giving it one star for the fries which were hot and good (good, not great!). The meat patty was smaller then what I remember and quite dry. The toppings were not good at all and all 3 of us agreed the buns were stale for sure. It is a shame to serve food like this.

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  1. fmed RE: foodsnobz Aug 31, 2011 09:05 AM

    Vera's is a franchise that doesn't seem to have much control over the QA from one franchisee to another. I haven't gone to any of them is quite a while now. I had a pretty bad experience at the Commercial Dr location a few years ago - it was a total gong show. Run pretty unprofessionally. Good thing we finally have some decent options here in town now.

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      JEheartbreak RE: foodsnobz Aug 31, 2011 09:59 AM

      I visited the one on Main St and it was, in all seriousness, the worst hamburger I have ever eaten (at least, the 1/3 of it that I ate). I honestly would take a Big Mac over what they served me.

      I do love the Refuel burger. Anyone tried Petit Chauvingol's? Andrew Morrison was raving about it recently.

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      1. re: JEheartbreak
        LotusRapper RE: JEheartbreak Aug 31, 2011 12:08 PM

        Petit Chauvingol makes burgers ??

        1. re: LotusRapper
          eatrustic RE: LotusRapper Aug 31, 2011 01:08 PM

          Yes, they just started with, of all things....A cheeseburger! It does sound really good and a quick look at their website shows that Wednesday (today) has the Cheeseburger, Pommes Frites and a pint of Driftwood Ale as their special of the day for 15 bucks. (They had me at Driftwood).

          As for Veras, there may be the odd location that does a decent job but I haven't come across one and find the one in Kits is just as lacking. In the same category of "slightly upscale fast food" I'll take Fatburger any day.

          1. re: eatrustic
            tdeane RE: eatrustic Aug 31, 2011 05:42 PM

            I tried Fatburger yesterday and didn't like it. Burger was tasteless and I hate those frozen fries. I call them Sysco fries. I really wanted to like it but it just didn't do it for me.

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              LotusRapper RE: tdeane Aug 31, 2011 08:55 PM

              +1 on Fatburger. I dunno if their patties are frozen or fresh before cooking, but I find them lacking meaningful texture and taste ...... like a frozen patty. Also for the prices, I find the value poor.

              By accident I ate at this greasy diner last week on Hastings in Burnaby called Paul's Restaurant (few doors east of the venerable Dolphin Theatre). A $4.95 "deluxe" burger with fresh lettuce, tomato and pickle. The patty was obviously handmade (shaped like something my son would have made), a good 1/3 lb if not more, fried to perfection with burnt edges. Mmmmm. Juicy, full of texture, seasoned just right.

              Fries were hot out of the fryer, crispy outside and mushy inside. Well done !

              I WILL be back ........ :-)


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                tdeane RE: LotusRapper Aug 31, 2011 09:53 PM

                My contractor took me to a little restaurant for lunch a few weeks ago that I really enjoyed. It is called Northern Cafe and is located at1640 E Kent Ave and I believe that it's actually one of Vancouver's oldest restaurants(it's changed names and hands many times). I had the burger special with a fried egg added and it was really good. It certainly is not a gourmet burger but it was a well prepared greasy spoon burger and the fries are hand cut right in front of you. The owner is an older Chinese man and he is adorable. I wanted to pinch his cheeks. I was impressed with the perfectly runny yolk on the fried egg. I wonder if anyone else has eaten there?

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                  grayelf RE: tdeane Aug 31, 2011 10:05 PM

                  Hey tdeane, I think this might be the place I was trying to find a couple weeks ago! I didn't go far enough east on Kent. I'd been there years ago and remembered it but couldn't work out exactly where it was. Thanks for the intel and the most recent name.

                  1. re: tdeane
                    fmed RE: tdeane Aug 31, 2011 10:20 PM

                    Now that's a real Chowhound destination.

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                      LotusRapper RE: tdeane Aug 31, 2011 11:40 PM

                      Interesting location ! So is it called LT Cafe (according to Google Maps) ? Where's the entrance ?


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                        tdeane RE: LotusRapper Sep 1, 2011 10:01 AM

                        It's kinda hard to see because it's actually in the lumberyard and you have to walk up some pretty rickety old stairs. The whole restaurant is slanted! Also, it's only open in the daytime. They close at three or something like that.

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                          grayelf RE: LotusRapper Sep 1, 2011 10:02 AM

                          LT is what I was trying to find, but the phone number was NIS. I take it the name change came with a different number.

                  2. re: eatrustic
                    grayelf RE: eatrustic Aug 31, 2011 10:12 PM

                    *paws frantically through daytimer to find next free Wednesday* -- thanks for the tip, eatrustic! More things to love at APC are always welcome and at that price... also psyched to find another place that will do a med rare burg in town.

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                    kinnickinnik RE: LotusRapper Aug 31, 2011 04:10 PM

                    Yup, and a choice of "Leerdammer, three-year-old raw milk cheddar or Gorgonzola" for the cheese. I'm very eager to try this. Yum!!

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                  Zedlic RE: foodsnobz Sep 1, 2011 12:15 AM

                  I feel exactly the same. Lived next to Vera's in Gastown for a year, was really stoked when I moved there and read about the place. Went there twice, got dry overcooked burgers twice. Didn't bother with it again.

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